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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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The Wall Street Journal has another story trying to suss out the brief lobbying career of presidential lawyer Michael Cohen. It’s classic Cohen, a mix of hustling and money-grubbing mixed with resentment and a certain angry pitifulness.

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The Schlapps are one of the great power couples of the Trump Era. She’s a top communications staffer at the White House — Mercedes Schlapp. He’s the head of CPAC and a major pro-Trump talking head on CNN — Matt Schlapp. Both are longtime lobbyists and DC power players. They made a stir for making a great show of walking out of the White House Correspondents Dinner early on their way to hit the after parties, allegedly as a splashy protest over “elites” at the dinner and comedian Michelle Wolf. The two apparently tweeted their outrage from a limo on the way to the NBC afterparty. “It’s why America hates the out of touch leftist media elite,” wrote Mercedes Schlapp.

Now the two have garnered attention as the most conspicuous defenders of Kelly Sadler, the White House staffer who reportedly joked about John McCain’s terminal illness.

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TPM Reader DV wrote in this morning with what I have to say is a completely obvious point that totally eluded me. There are twenty different ways Michael Cohen’s apparent shakedown of various Fortune 500 companies is sleazy. There are a handful of ways it might break the law. But there’s another pretty big problem I at least haven’t seen explicitly mentioned.

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The latest revelations about Michael Cohen all stem from that document posted earlier this week by Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti. There were some small outgoing payments on the last of the seven pages that appear to have been tied to other ‘Michael Cohen’s’. Those were errors. But the payments that garnered all the attention – money from AT&T, Novartis and Korea Aerospace Industries – were all rapidly confirmed. But there’s a problem. The money doesn’t add up. Or rather there was even more money than Avenatti’s document suggested. A lot more.

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CNBC just reported that AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson is calling hiring Michael Cohen a “big mistake. They are also reporting that their Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Bob Quinn, is ‘retiring’. That long title means head of their DC office, where lobbying and all government-facing activities are run out of. Here’s the critical backstory. Jim Cicconi, Quinn’s predecessor, had been in that position for about a decade and was a real player in the DC/Government Relations world. He only left about a year and a half ago. In other words, Quinn just showed up and now he’s out, apparently as fallout from the Michael Cohen debacle.

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This morning I was coming into work after attending my son’s school play and got an email from our editorial staff in DC and NY telling me they’d unanimously agreed to form a union and asking if I would voluntarily recognize their decision. The email was signed “Sincerely, TPM union.” I confess it was novel experience hearing from someone else identifying themselves as ‘TPM’. But I replied that I was happy to do so. I had our lawyer reach out to the WGA, East to formalize that agreement. And that was that.

This afternoon the new TPM Union put out a statement announcing the formation of their union and our agreement to recognize the union. They also asked me for a statement from TPM which they could include in their press release, which I was of course happy to do.

I publish their press release here in its entirety below.

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Now that we’ve learned about Michael Cohen’s payments from corporations and the U.S. subsidiary of a Russian oligarch, we have some more clues about just how the New York-based investigation into Cohen relates to the Special Counsel’s probe where it appears to have originated and when it began.

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